OCSS

Our Staff

Professional Staff

Dan Bernhart Dan Barnhart, Ed.D. (Director)
Dr. Dan Barnhart serves as the Director of Off-Campus Student Services at UMBC. Before his time at UMBC he worked in Student Affairs and as a faculty member at Stevenson University and Harford Community College. Dan received a Bachelor’s degree from James Madison University after serving four years in the US Army Signal Corps. He received a Master’s degree in Counseling from Wake Forest University and a Doctorate in Higher Education Administration from George Washington University. He is a student-centered professional who always looks for ways to connect with students in and out of the classroom. His research interests are persistence factors for veterans, commuters, and transfers.
Emily Moroney Emily Moroney, Ms.Ed. (Assistant Director)
Emily has been at UMBC since July 2013, serving as Coordinator for Transition Programs in Off-Campus Student Services. A Cincinnati native, Emily graduated from Wilmington College, Ohio, with Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology, Criminal Justice, and Theatre. She received her Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Dayton. Prior to her arrival at UMBC, Emily worked in New Student Programs at the University of Dayton, and as a First Year Adviser at Miami University. Emily is passionate about working with students throughout the various stages of their collegiate journeys, as they explore and embrace endless opportunities here at UMBC and beyond.
Paulomi Dholakia Paulomi Dholakia (Coordinator for Transfer Student Success)
Paulomi has been at UMBC since January 2016, serving as Coordinator for Transfer Student Success in Off-Campus Student Services. A Maryland native, Paulomi graduated from Towson University, with a Bachelors degrees in Biology. In 2014, she received her Masters degree in Biotechnology with a concentration in Biodefense from Johns Hopkins University. Although coming from a science background, Paulomi found her passion in Student Affairs and began her journey as a Program Management Specialist in Campus Life at Towson University. Now at UMBC, Paulomi is dedicated to helping students find their passion, and using her experience to help STEM students reach their potential in their chosen fields.
Katie Weir Katie Weir (Coordinator for Commuter Engagement)
Katie has been at UMBC since June of 2016 serving as the Coordinator for Commuter Engagement in Off-Campus Student Services.  A Maryland native, Katie graduated from Frostburg State University in 2014 with bachelor’s degrees in history and political science.  She recently earned her master’s degree in College Student Personnel Administration from James Madison University.  A former commuter student herself, Katie is excited to support UMBC commuter students as they create their own college experiences.
Donnell James Donnell James (Administrative Assistant II)
Don has worked at UMBC since 2010. He assists with supervising Commuter Assistants and Graduate Assistants. In addition to his general administrative duties, Don also manages Off-Campus Housing operations and the MTA All Access Pass Program here at OCSS. Prior to working at UMBC, Don worked at the Johns Hopkins University, School of Nursing as an Undergraduate/Graduate Academic Program Coordinator in The Acute and Chronic Care Department.
Hope Arbesman Hope Arbesman (Graduate Assistant)
Hope Arbesman serves as the Graduate Assistant for OCSS. Hope joined OCSS as a Commuter Assistant in August 2013 when she was a student at UMBC. Hope received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and minored in Sociology from UMBC. As a previous transfer student, Hope is passionate about helping other transfer students transition to the UMBC community. Hope is excited to continue her education and learn other ways to help students..
Liz Winters Liz Winters (Graduate Assistant)
Liz Winters joined OCSS in June 2016 as the Graduate Assistant for Veterans Student Services. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from UMBC, and is currently pursuing her Master's in Industrial Organizational Psychology. Liz is a 12-year Air Force veteran, who is passionate about supporting veterans on campus. She is dedicated to ensuring students have a smooth transition to UMBC life, as well as building a community of camaraderie for veterans as they move through their academic career.